18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Costa Adeje, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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8
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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9
Mykonos Town, Greece
Ferry
10
Kusadasi, Turkey
Drive
11
Patmos, Greece
— 1 night
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12
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 day
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
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Athens, Greece
— 1 day
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15
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 5th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin. Keep things going the next day: stop by Temple Bar and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Dublin vacation planning website.

Jacksonville, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Dublin. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in September; daily highs in Dublin reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Costa Adeje.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Costa Adeje, Spain — 3 nights

Whether you're a sophisticated pleasure seeker with the taste for Canarian cuisine and classy shopping, or a nature lover hungry of adventures, you can have it all on a well-balanced Costa Adeje vacation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Barranco del Infierno, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally look for gifts at Library Reading Up. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa del Duque and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Vistas.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Costa Adeje online trip planner.

Getting from Dublin to Costa Adeje by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Dublin in September, you will find days in Costa Adeje are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are much warmer (70°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 9th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and finally make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Costa Adeje to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Costa Adeje in September, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 day

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 11th (Sun), wander the streets of Old Town, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich planner.

Fly from Madrid to Zurich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Madrid in September; daily highs in Zurich reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, make a trip to The Nine Towers, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 13th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Milan driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lucerne in September, with highs in Milan at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and finally snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Venice using our trip planner.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 15th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, Athens is a bit warmer than Venice - with highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Mytho, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then wander the streets of Little Venice.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town day trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mykonos Town, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Kusadasi.
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Kusadasi, Turkey

Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusadasi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Kusadasi takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In September in Kusadasi, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 16th (Fri), you're off to Patmos.
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Patmos, Greece — 1 night

Attracting religious pilgrims and wealthy jet set alike, Patmos is an island of contrasts.
On the 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cave of Apocalypse, take in the exciting artwork at Koukoumavla, then contemplate the long history of Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chora Patmos, and finally don't miss a visit to Windmills of Patmos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): make a trip to Walking in Patmos and then kick back and relax at Psili Ammos Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Patmos road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kusadasi to Patmos takes 9 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 1 day

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules).

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip planner.

Getting from Patmos to Heraklion by journey takes about 20 hours. September in Heraklion sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Fira.
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Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and then stop by Oneiro Jewelry.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Fira are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 1 day

The Birthplace of Democracy

Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Athens holiday app.

Fly from Fira to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

Fair City

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Dublin takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Athens to Dublin. In September, Dublin is colder than Athens - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to home.
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Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Tenerife travel guide

4.1
Water Parks · Beaches · Aquariums
Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands. With its abundance of sun-warmed beaches, deep gorges, dramatic cliffs, dense forests, and lush valleys filled with thriving banana plantations, the island offers an impressive variety of things to do: snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, hiking, and cycling. You can even spelunk in the island’s volcanic caves and tunnels, among the largest in the world. Tenerife is also known for its nightlife, attracting thousands of weekend revelers from nearby European countries. The island is highly urbanized, though there are still pockets where visitors can enjoy the distinctive local culture and sightseeing at a slower pace.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.
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Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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